All Science on Tap events take place at 6pm the second Monday of the month at National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, unless otherwise stated. Be sure to arrive early to get seats!

Monday March 9, 2020

6:00-7:00 pm

Thumbprints of the Midas Touch: What Shipwrecked Gold reveals about Spanish Colonialism

-Charlotte Williams, University of Pennsylvania

GoldUnder Spanish Colonial rule, gold and silver in the Americas was not only mined, but also melted from original pieces produced by artisans of indigenous groups, erasing objects from cultural identities. This talk focuses on efforts to recover features of those objects that became bars and ingots, from metallurgical analysis to archive research.

About the Speaker: Charlotte Williams is a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at the University of Pennsylvania Williams_ScienceonTapand holds degrees from Princeton University and the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar. Her research interests surround archaeology and cultural heritage of the colonial Andes, with a focus on how people use archaeology in politics and identity today.

Monday April 13, 2020

6:00-7:00 pm

Killer Plants: a Longwood Gardens Takeover of Science On Tap

-Chris Thorogood, University of Oxford

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Join us for a very special Science on Tap takeover this month! With all of the Science Festival activities and an untapped, we wanted to welcome a special guest host for April’s talk. Be sure to join us and give our special guests from Longwood Gardens a warm Science on Tap welcome!

Parasitic and carnivorous (“killer”) plants have piqued the curiosity of botanists, explorers, and horticulturists for centuries, with scientists beginning to unravel the evolutionary relationships of these “green predators” in recent years. From cryptic parasitic broomrapes (Orobanche) found in the far reaches of Portugal, to the myriad forms of pitcher plant (Nepenthes) in tropical Borneo, this talk is one that plant nerds and science enthusiasts cannot miss. Chris Thorogood even shares insight into the mysterious and mystical mandrake root of Harry Potter fame. Join us for this happy hour presentation in the heart of Philadelphia.

ChrisThorogood_photoAbout the speaker: Botanist and plant hunter Chris Thorogood is the Deputy Director and Head of Science for the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum in the UK. Chris is a best-selling author of specialist and non-specialist titles including ‘Weird Plants’ and the children’s book ‘Perfectly Peculiar Plants’. Chris’s research focusses on the evolution of parasitic and carnivorous plants, and plant diversity in the Mediterranean Basin and Japan. Chris is a passionate communicator and ambassador for public engagement with plant sciences, and has made regular international TV appearances, including shows in the UK, Germany, China and Canada.

Monday April 20, 2020

6:00-8:00 pm at Science History Institute

Tickets: $10

Science On Tap, Untapped: Game Night

Let the games begin! Join us for a special Philadelphia Science Festival edition of Science on Tap, Untapped with weird and wonderful games that are chock-full of science fun. Whether you’re rolling dice to build your settlement, working with a team to treat an outbreak of infections, or telling fortunes from a strange 17th-century astrology chart, you’ll enjoy a selection of games from all six Science on Tap organizations.

Get the cheat codes to the science and history of gaming with entertaining flash talks and drink a toast to destroying your friends in a (friendly) competition. Drinks and tasty snacks provided.*

*Tickets are required for this event.